Media Company Serving People with Disabilities Receives Four Prestigious Industry Awards in Recent Months
Wednesday March 14
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 14, 2001--WeMedia Inc., the leading media company serving the 54 million Americans with disabilities, their families and friends announced today it has received four prestigious industry awards since November 2000.
Yahoo! Internet Life ("100 Best Sites for 2001," January 2001) acknowledged WeMedia's Website, www.wemedia.com for its excellence as an online disability community. Silicon Alley Reporter (issue 40) included WeMedia co-founders Jerome Belson and Cary Fields in its annual "Silicon Alley 100" list of the top 100 executives of 2000.
The Company was named "Media Organization of the Year" by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and also received the "disAbility Awareness Award" at the United Nations International Day of Disabled Persons on December 1, 2000.
The editors at Yahoo! Internet Life nominated Websites covering a wide spectrum of categories ranging from entertainment, sports, money, shopping, and health/fitness to news/media, computing, lifestyle, community, travel/recreation, and learning. Wemedia.com topped the Yahoo! list in the category of Best Disability Community.
Silicon Alley Reporter's "Silicon Alley 100" list was developed by recommendations from its editors who ranked nominees in five essential categories - vision, execution, money, network, and presence. Accompanied by 'blue chip' companies like AOL/Time Warner, DoubleClick and Jupiter Media Metrix, WeMedia was ranked 94 and was the only disability-related firm.
The "Media Organization of the Year" award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society recognized WeMedia for its sole sponsorship of the Society's first InsideMS Teen Supplement and its online/offline alliance with the Society directed at enhancing communication in families affected by MS.
The "Media Organization of the Year" award has been given only three times in the Society's 54-year history, its other recipients being Lifetime Television and Twentieth Century Fox.
In addition to the above honors, WeMedia received the "disAbility Awareness Award" during ceremonies held in Washington, D.C. for the United Nations International Day of Disabled Persons. Cary Fields, president and CEO of WeMedia Inc., accepted the award that recognized WeMedia's impressive and innovative approach to cross-disability issues, particularly their unprecedented coverage of the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.
More than 10 million people tuned in to WeMedia's television coverage of the Games, which included 20 shows produced for daily broadcast on Fox Sports Net and Pax Television, plus a two-hour wrap-up CBS Television Special. Additionally, WeMedia produced the first live Webcast of a Paralympic event.
More than 100 countries logged on www.wemedia.com to experience more than 150 hours of live streaming video during the Games, which featured 80 hours of live closed captioning on the Internet for hard of hearing and Deaf audiences.
About WeMedia Inc.
WeMedia Inc. (www.wemedia.com) is the leading media company covering issues important to the millions of people with disabilities interested in a quality life without compromise. After four decades of extensive work with the disability community, Jerome Belson and Cary Fields established the company in 1997.
Both founders are committed to providing increased access to information, products and services to people with disabilities, their families and friends. The Company continues to develop a variety of media properties encompassing print, interactive, broadcast, and wireless communications.
Launched in 1997, WE magazine is a glossy consumer lifestyle publication that has won critical acclaim for its editorial content and innovative approach to cross-disability issues.
Recently renamed WeMedia magazine, the publication was the Official Magazine in North America of the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and is now available on audiotape for persons who are blind or have low vision through a partnership with The Jewish Guild for the Blind.
In 1999 WeMedia launched its second media property, www.wemedia.com, a comprehensive online resource providing targeted information, products and services. The Website concentrates on news, sports, accessible and assistive technologies, politics and advocacy, shopping, employment, education, finance, and real estate from a disability perspective.
WeMedia's expansion includes the development of corporate and community partnership programs that range from Microsoft, eBay and TD Waterhouse to National Parent Network on Disabilities, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Disabled Sports USA.
With more than 65 partners, the firm has established a platform for sharing information, marketing and technology as well as for developing new products and services to meet the needs of consumers.
As the Official Webcaster of the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, WeMedia produced the first live Webcast of a Paralympic event on wemedia.com, in what was the most ambitious Webcast ever. With more than 100 countries logging on, the Webcast featured three simultaneous 12-hour daily feeds and provided over 150 hours of live streaming video, including an unprecedented 80 hours of live closed captioning on the Internet for hard of hearing and Deaf audiences.
WeMedia exploded into broadcast as the Exclusive U.S. Television Rights Holder of the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, producing the most extensive U.S. television coverage of a Paralympic Games to date. With more than 10 million people tuning in, WeMedia produced daily broadcasts including 20 feature and highlight shows on Fox Sports Net and Pax Television during the Games, plus a two-hour wrap-up CBS Television Special.
To raise public awareness, WeMedia designed, produced and donated airtime for 10 commercials featuring national disability rights leaders, which aired throughout its Paralympic Games coverage. As a result of this tremendous success, WeMedia has been awarded the Exclusive Worldwide Television, Webcast and Magazine Rights, in addition to being named the Host Broadcaster for the next three Paralympic Games (Salt Lake 2002, Athens 2004 and Turin 2006).
In addition to the
above mentioned business ventures, the Company established the WeMedia
Foundation, a 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization. By providing greater
access to information and resources, the WeMedia Foundation supports nonprofit
organizations that utilize technology to integrate the disability community
into mainstream society.
About WeMedia Inc.
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